Thailand may re-conduct polls in October: Minister

Thaksin had called the snap April 2 polls to counter months of Bangkok street protests by foes accusing him of abuse of power.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 15:34 IST

Thailand is likely to re-run this year's annulled general election in October, a Cabinet minister quoted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as saying.

Foreign Minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon told reporters the domestic political situation was among several topics Thaksin discussed on Friday with visiting UN chief Kofi Annan.

"Prime Minister Thaksin has informed Secretary-General Annan that our last poll was constitutionally democratic, but we had to make way for national reconciliation," Kantathi said.

"We expect the new election will take place in October," Kantathi quoted Thaksin as telling Annan.

Thaksin called the snap April 2 election to counter months of Bangkok street protests by foes accusing him of abuse of power and corruption, charges he denies.

It failed to produce a constitutionally valid lower house due to an opposition boycott.

With the House of Representatives unable to meet, revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej intervened, summoning top judges to his seaside palace and urging them to sort out the mess.

Yet a month after his intervention, little progress has been made. The judges are urging the Election Commission to resign, its members are holding firm and the main opposition is refusing to talk to it.

The Commission has proposed several dates in October for an election re-run, the latest being October 15.

The government has not picked a date, but Agriculture Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan said on Friday the ruling Thai Rak Thai (Thais Love Thais) party had no problem with October 15.

First Published: May 26, 2006 15:34 IST